Monday, October 20, 2008

Anybody want some granola?

Well this is no plain jane granola. First i made soft granola bars and then broke them up and added coconut,chocolate chips, raisins and walnuts. Oh man, this is not a healthy snack but it is good. I think it would be great in a lunch box or an afternoon treat or in my case, at 3 am when i can't sleep because the toddler wet the bed and so I had to change her sheets and her nighty and then i was wide awake because i was thinking of all the laundry to do!( She rarely does have an accident but she is only 3 so ...)

first the granola bars - once they are cool you can wrap them and eat them by themselves, they are delish.

4 cups oats (old-fashioned)
1/2 cup sunflower seed
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup walnuts

1/4 cup butter

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


In a large mixing bowl combine oats, coconut,dates/fruit and nuts.

In a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium-low heat.

Add corn syrup, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon & honey; stir to combine.

Increase heat to medium& stir occasionally.

Meanwhile spray a 13x9 baking pan with non-stick spray.

Measure out a sheet of foil large enough to cover pan.

spray foil with non-stick spray& set aside.

Cook corn syrup mixture until it comes to a full boil; let boil for one minute.

Remove from heat& pour over oat mixture.

Stir to combine (mixture will be very stiff).

Transfer mixture into prepared pan.

Cover with prepared foil & PRESS FIRMLY.

You want the mixture to be as compact as possible.

I've used a small cutting board to help press the mixture firmly& evenly (don't be afraid to stand on it!). If you don't press firmly enough it won't hold together well.

When mixture is as firm & even as you would like, remove foil & let mixture cool.

Cut into bars. take about half the pan and break it up into a bowl.

to the bowl add

6 oz chocolate chips- bittersweet is nice

2 cups raisins

6 oz coconut

1 cup chopped walnuts

mix well and enjoy!

Hope you like it!

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